Marshall Islands International Airport

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Marshall Islands International Airport

Amata Kabua International Airport
Welcome to Majaro.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorRMI Ports Authority
Elevation AMSL6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates07°03′53″N 171°16′19″E / 7.06472°N 171.27194°E / 7.06472; 171.27194Coordinates: 07°03′53″N 171°16′19″E / 7.06472°N 171.27194°E / 7.06472; 171.27194
Marshall Islands International Airport is located in Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands International Airport
Marshall Islands International Airport
location of the Airport in Majuro , Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands International Airport is located in Oceania
Marshall Islands International Airport
Marshall Islands International Airport
Marshall Islands International Airport (Oceania)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 7,897 2,407 Asphalt

Marshall Islands International Airport (IATA: MAJ, ICAO: PKMJ, FAA LID: MAJ), also known as Amata Kabua International Airport, is located in the western part of Rairok on the south side of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The airport was built during World War II (1943) on Anenelibw and Lokojbar islets.[1] It replaced Majuro Airfield, a coral-surfaced airstrip at Delap Island near the eastern end of Majuro Atoll that had been originally constructed by Japanese occupation forces in 1942.[2][3]

A series of single-floor structures (small hangars) make up the airport terminal. No physical structures existed at the airport prior to the 1970s. The current terminal structure and modern runway/apron were built in 1971.[4] Passengers from flights arriving at the airport use stairs to exit aircraft and walk to the terminal.

The airport is capable of handling all propeller-driven aircraft as well as midsize jet aircraft (e.g., Airbus A320s, Boeing 737s, Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s).

The Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority replaced the Marshall Islands Airports Authority in managing the airport in 2003 under RMI Port Authority Act.[5][6]

Airport improvements[edit]

Sea walls have been added to prevent the sea from reclaiming the infill used to create the airport.[when?]

Between 2007 and 2009, airport improvement projects replaced the runway surfaces, rebuilt the apron to better handle aircraft and repaved and added markings to the runway.[7] In 2007 the US FAA added two new airport Airport crash tenders to the existing 3 tender fleet as part of the airport improvement projects.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Marshall Islands Ailuk, Airok, Aur, Bikini, Ebon, Elenak, Enejit, Enewetak, Jaluit, Jeh, Kaben, Kili, Kwajalein, Lae, Majkin, Maloelap, Mejit, Mili, Namdrik, Rongelap, Ujae, Utirik, Wotho, Wotje
Nauru Airlines Nauru, Tarawa
United Airlines Chuuk, Guam, Honolulu, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Pohnpei

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxis and shuttle buses provide ground transportation to and from the airport to other areas of the island.[citation needed] The main and only road on Majuro Island provides access to the airport.


  1. ^ Sabath, Michael (1978). "Vegetation and Urbanization on Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands" (PDF). Pacific Science. The University Press of Hawaii. 31 (4). ISSN 0030-8870. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Around the world flight tribute recreation to Amelia Earhart page 4". 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Pacific Wrecks - Majuro Airport (New Airport)". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  4. ^ "CONSTRUCTING MAJURO AIRPORT RUNWAY AND TERMINAL.1971 - Reel 2859". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ RMI Port Authority Act 2003 Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "About the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority". Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Pacific International Inc". Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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